Australia spinner Nathan Lyon lays down the gauntlet to England ahead of second Ashes Test in Adelaide: 'Try and whack me out of the attack'
- Australia held nets session at the Adelaide Oval ahead of the second Ashes Test?
- The first-ever day-night Test with England gets underway on Saturday?
- Australia lead England 1-0 following their 10 wicket victory in Brisbane
- Spinner Nathan Lyon has challenged England to hit him out of the attack?
For once Nathan Lyon was on his best behaviour. There was no unprovoked attack on England players present and past from the Australian off-spinner on Wednesday. Just an invitation for the current breed to 'come and get me.'
The man the Australians call Garry insists he has no regrets over his unfair comments about Matt Prior last week, just satisfaction over his leading role in a 10-wicket victory that has put his side very much in the Ashes driving seat.
So have you enjoyed being this year's ashes villain? 'I don't know about villain,' said Lyon at the Adelaide Oval where he was once a member of the ground staff.
'I still stand by my comments. It's the Australian way. I'm here to play cricket and represent my country in the best possible way.'??
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon took aim at England's batsmen ahead of the second Ashes Test
Lyon is better known for his bowling, but he was busy practising his batting on Wednesday
The Australia team, who lead the Ashes series 1-0, held a net session at the Adelaide Oval
Australia captain Steve Smith inspects the wicket ahead of the second Test on Saturday
It was a chance for the hosts to get to grips with the pink ball for the day-night Test
The pink Kookaburra ball and day-night conditions inject some uncertainty into the match
But surely Australia's new irritant in chief would grasp the opportunity to make hay at the expense of Jonny Bairstow and his fake headbutt and the elephant in England's Ashes room that is the lurking Ben Stokes?
'I'm not going to comment about Stokes or Bairstow,' said Lyon, dashing the assembled media's hopes of more outlandish quotes. 'That's up to the ECB. They're a great organisation. They can deal with that.'
Lyon certainly backed up his words with actions at the Gabba in turning the ball from day one, playing havoc with England's left-handers and containing the batsman so well Australia's three-man pace attack were able to rest and rotate.??
England allowed Lyon to dictate to them in Brisbane and will surely try to use their feet and be more pro-active against the spinner in Saturday's second Test. If so, Lyon insists he will not be tamed.
'They can attack me if they want,' he said. 'I don't think I've spooked anyone. I dare say they will change their game against me at some stage. There was a lot more positive intent shown against my bowling in their second innings.?
'It provides a great challenge when guys come at you hard. Then you're in with a chance of taking some wickets.?
'I like it when opposition guys try to attack me and try to whack me out of the attack.?
Chadd Sayers has a very good wicket-taking record at the Adelaide Oval and could feature
Steve Smith will be hoping to replicate the innings of 141 that turned the first Test in Brisbane
Jackson Bird (left) and Chadd Sayers (right) in the nets as they try to win a spot in the team
Warner throws down a few deliveries in the nets as preparations continue for the second Test
Captain Steve Smith points the way during Wednesday's training session?
'But it's a part of the game ... No doubt England will come prepared and they'll have a different plan for me compared to what they had in the first test. But it is what it is.
'It's about adapting, it's about enjoying the challenge and embracing the game of cricket.'
He even said some nice things about England. 'We need to turn up and prepare well because we know they're going to come back hard,' insisted Lyon.??
David Warner dives to take a catch during slip practice as Australia build-up to the Test
Warner wasn't dropping many chances as Australia sharpened up for the second Test
Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine pictured in practice ahead of the Adelaide Test
Steve Smith and his Australia colleagues looked in relaxed mood after their victory in Brisbane
Usman Khawaja smiles as Australia train at the Adelaide Oval ahead of Saturday's Test
Pat Cummins smiles as he takes his turn in the nets ahead of the second Test with England
Mitchell Starc was in cheerful mood as Australia attempt to make it 2-0 in the five-Test series
'No doubt they will bounce back because they're a classy side with a very exciting young captain in Joe Root. If you don't respect teams that's when they cam come and bite you. We can't just sit on our hands and expect it to happen again for us.'
And off he went without so much as a nasty comment about any England wicketkeeper past or present. And we still don't know if he was outrageous last week simply for a bet.?
The main thing is that Garry proved he can bowl at the Gabba and it's up to England to come up with a more positive plan now.??
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